'Nick Kyrgios is right': Karl Stefanovic backs US Open criticism

"We're excited about the U.S. Open it's going to be held in Queens, August 31st to September 13th".

Players like Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Simona Halep were not happy about the rules and the organization of the second Major of the season, and the Romanian has already confirmed she would only compete in Europe by the end of the season.

"The USTA will take extraordinary precautions to protect players and staff, including robust testing, additional cleaning, extra locker room space, and dedicated housing & transportation", Gov. Cuomo tweeted.

There are still lingering questions about which top players will participate, but one made her intentions clear Wednesday: 23-time major champion Serena Williams said she is planning to play at the U.S. Open.

USTA spokesman Chris Widmaier confirmed on Monday that the tournament was ready to move forward "as long as we get the approvals we need". Others include restricting players to a tournament hotel located outside of Manhattan, imposing a limit of one support team member per player, eliminating US Open singles qualifying events, and reducing the doubles draw from 64 to 24 teams. "Also, we could bring one person to the club, which is really impossible", Djokovic said.

The French Open originally was moved from a May start to September 20.

The USTA is "incredibly excited" to hold the events in NY, the organization wrote in a statement.

"Given the conditions outlined in the U.S. Open announcement this morning, as of today I do not now plan to play in NYC", Halep said in a statement emailed to the AP.

Men's No. 1 Novak Djokovic and his women's counterpart Ash Barty have also raised concerns about playing in the tournament under health protocols while Nick Kyrgios said the USTA was being "selfish" by opting to go ahead with it.

Typically, the US Open is the fourth and final Grand Slam tournament for men's and women's tennis.

No professional tennis tournaments have been held since March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has left the sport's calendar in tatters, and the shutdown will extend until August. Wimbledon was canceled altogether for the first time since World War II in 1945.


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